Globalization and Migration

A World in Motion


Focusing on the intersection between globalization and migration, this powerful text traces a dynamic, contradictory process that has set the world in motion and incorporated millions of migrants into an economic market whose dimensions are unprecedented in human history. Eliot Dickinson emphasizes recent developments in global politics, such as the massive number of refugees from wars in the Middle East who are now seeking asylum in Europe; the “Fortress Europe” mentality illustrated on the Italian island of Lampedusa; the heart-wrenching humanitarian challenge of Mexican and Central American children arriving alone in the United States; and the effects of climate change and environmental destruction on international migration. Today, with the collaboration of compliant governments and elites in the peripheral countries of the Global South, multinational corporations continue to flout regulations, destroy the environment, and take advantage of the large number of displaced, unemployed workers. While globalization is eliminating barriers between countries and making it easier for goods and capital to move around the world, the industrialized countries of the Global North are simultaneously putting up barriers to people and making it harder for them to migrate. This timely and provocative book explains how we have arrived at this paradoxical point in history and critically examines why governments are enacting policies that protect borders instead of people.
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; July 2016
  • ISBN 9781442254985
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  • Title: Globalization and Migration
  • Author: Eliot Dickinson
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

In The Press

The most important product of globalization isn’t money or goods, but people. In Globalization & Migration, Eliot Dickinson shows that although human migration is as old as the human race, modern migration is produced by displacement—by economic inequality, climate change and the conflicts that result from them. This is an enormous contribution. Dickinson explains clearly that building walls or detention centers cannot stop migration. Instead, he makes a powerfully written argument for social justice, the antidote to anti-immigrant hysteria. It should be read by all of us who care.

About The Author

Eliot Dickinson is professor of politics at Western Oregon University.